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Catch Dylan Rieck’s (MM ’09) concert debut of original music for solo cello, all composed during the 2020 pandemic. This concert is made possible with the generous support of Shierry Nicholsen and Michael Schultheis. The digital concert with interactive chat premieres on YouTube on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at 4:30pm PT…

Francesco Mastromatteo (DMA ’12) World Premiere performance of Kevin Hanlon’s That’s it II for Cello Solo is now posted to YouTube…

Although Dylan Rieck’s (MM ’09) work with the Portland Opera Orchestra as its Principal Cellist has been put on hold due to the ongoing pandemic, Dylan has kept busy with the cello. He received a commission to write a new suite for solo cello, which he just finished and recorded. You can hear the Suite for Solo Cello in A Minor at Soundcloud.

On June 12, as a wedding gift, David Campbell (DMA ’15) gave his wife Christina the most uniquely touching gift, a music video tribute “Holding On” with The Brilliance’s David Gungor…

Today, Soohyun Juhn (DMA ’18) and her husband, Taewon Kim, welcomed their first child, Lia, to the family! She was born 5.7 pounds and 19 inches.

Diana Burgess (BM ’15) is featured today on NPR Music’s All Songs Considered. Host Bob Boilen says, “I think my favorite part of doing this show for the past 20 years is discovering someone new and being able to shout it to the world. I have cellist Diana Burgess, whom I’ve listened to for years as part of the band Mother Falcon. She plays all the instruments and sings on her new solo album called You Run.”

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Diana Burgess (BM ’15) has released her first solo album, You Run, of her own original songs. Diana sings and plays all the instruments: cello, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, waterphone, body and cello percussion. Look for You Run at Amazon, iTunes and Spotify, among other distributors.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel Smith (DMA ’15) has created a unique line of merchandise to help spread an important message about public health. “Go Bach Inside” and “Six Feet Bach Please,” two puns on JS Bach’s name, are printed onto T-shirts, mugs, tote-bags, stickers, and more. 25% of proceeds will be donated to the International Rescue Committee, which is working to fight outbreaks in refugee camps around the world. Get your merchandise now at bit.ly/SocialDistanceBach.

Christina Chan Song An (DMA ’20), with her Trío Rouge, has won the Silver Medal of the Senior String Division at the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association sponsors the nation’s largest chamber music competition, and is America’s premier educational chamber music competition. Congratulations to Christina, Nick Hammel (violin) and Sohee Kwon (piano), as well as a big thank you to their coach, Prof. Andrew Brownell.

For more information, visit www.fischoff.org .

“Beast” by Diana Burgess (BM ’15) is KUTX 89.9 FM’s Song of the Day. KUTX’s Jack Anderson says, “Fans of neo-classical Austin outfit Mother Falcon are already familiar with the insane talent behind master cellist Diana Burgess, but even the most hardcore Falconers haven’t heard everything she has to offer. Burgess was quietly working on her solo debut when she was struck by the sudden loss of three grandparents in just one month. But rather than let the grief discourage her process, Burgess turned those powerful emotions into a vehicle of empowerment and tribute for the upcoming You Run.

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